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Children as combatants
Promoting violence for children
Cartoon in official PA daily criticizes use of children in terror wave 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 25, 2016

Cartoon published in the official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida

The cartoon shows a Palestinian politician in a suit and tie pushing a small child into a boxing ring, where a sturdy, threatening Israeli soldier with boxing gloves is waiting. The politician is also holding a sign with the picture of a dead child Martyr (Shahid), implying that this child was killed in the boxing ring. The cartoon expresses criticism over the use of children as part of the current wave of Palestinian terror attacks against Israel.
Op-ed in PA daily: Palestinians should not let their children die and then celebrate them as heroes 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 16, 2016
Headline: "Do not take part in the execution of our children by Israel!"
Op-ed by Muwaffaq Matar, Fatah Revolutionary Committee member and regular columnist for the official PA daily
      “The alignment of the Israeli occupation, the ISIS of the Jewish settlers, and the terror of the occupation state are the first and last to be responsible for the fact that our men, women, young, and children of both sexes are rushing to the battle field and toward the inevitable end. However, responsibility also rests with the political parties, factions, and local and Arab partisan media outlets, which diminish the terror and crimes of the occupation’s officers, soldiers, and settlers, ‘Israel’s ISIS’, and at the same time magnify the image of the Palestinian victim… If the young of my land think, they will discover the truth about those who are riding the wave. If they look deeply into the situation in the Arab world, they will see how the young always have served only as fuel and steps on the ladder for the rising of ‘professional politicians.’… Defending our children and young is a limitless national responsibility, and it should not be written in history that we sat there and looked at them bleeding until they died as Martyrs (Shahids), and then the factions competed among themselves to see who would succeed in adopting them [as theirs], and posters were printed and we walked in their funeral processions, and finally returned to our homes, concerned about the well-being of our children and sons, thinking and examining thousands of ways to protect them and distance them from the occupiers and settlers’ blood-lust cycle.”

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PLO Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs about child stabber: ”He is a model of pride and honor for the homeland,” “a symbol in all our hearts” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 1, 2016
Headline: “The [PLO] Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs organized an event of solidarity with the child prisoners in Nablus”
     “The [PLO] Commission of Prisoners and Released Prisoners’ Affairs organized an event of solidarity with the child prisoners in the Israeli prisons and with child prisoner Ahmad Manasrah (i.e., terrorist who stabbed and severely injured 2 Israelis, one of them a 13-year-old boy), at the Hamdi Manko Hall in Nablus yesterday [Feb. 1, 2016]. The event was held in honor of Ahmad Manasrah’s 14th birthday, and included a number of speeches that called to show solidarity with him and stand by his side until he obtains his freedom, along with all of the child prisoners… Hassan Abed Rabbo, who represented the [PLO] Commission of Prisoners and Released Prisoners’ Affairs, concluded the event with a message to the child Ahmad Manasrah, saying that he is a model of pride and honor for the homeland, which has stood by his side from the first moment. Likewise, he said that Manasrah has become a symbol in all our hearts, and that his statements now serve as slogans we keep repeating in order to deafen the occupation’s ears.”

Pisgat Ze'ev stabbing attack - On Oct. 12, 2015, two Palestinian terrorists, Hassan ‎Manasrah (15) and Ahmad Manasrah (13), stabbed Yossef Ben Shalom (21) in the Pisgat ‎Ze'ev neighborhood of East Jerusalem, and then repeatedly stabbed Naor Ben Ezra (13) who was riding his bike. Hassan Manasrah was killed while fleeing the scene, and Ahmad Manasrah was shot by Israeli police and hospitalized. Both victims of the attack were seriously injured. The terrorists, who were cousins, came from the nearby Palestinian neighborhood of Beit Hanina.
PA daily reports on international campaign to free child terrorist who stabbed 2, under PLO Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs’ umbrella 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 24, 2016
Headline: “75 countries throughout the world marked the birthday of the boy prisoner Ahmad Manasrah”
      “About 75 countries and websites throughout the world participated two nights ago (Friday-Saturday) in activities and events that demanded the release of the boy prisoner Ahmad Manasrah (i.e., terrorist who stabbed and injured two Israelis severely, one of them a 13-year-old boy), on the event of his birthday, and also the release of the children, minors, from the occupation’s prisons. This was part of the worldwide campaign ‘We will continue beating’ launched by the ‘Ibda’a’ institution in the Deheisheh refugee camp, under the patronage of the [PLO] Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs.... The Ibda’a institution in the Deheisheh refugee camp, the [PLO] Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs, and the activists and national institutions in the Bethlehem district held an event of solidarity with the detained children of Palestine on Thursday evening, Jan. 22, 2016, with the participation of child prisoner Ahmad Manasrah’s family, and Martyr (Shahid) Hassan Manasrah’s family. Likewise, Director of the [PLO] Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake, Secretary of Fatah’s Bethlehem branch Muhammad Al-Masri, representatives of the national institutes and human rights organizations, families of prisoners and released prisoners, and a large audience of children were also present..”

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Palestinian children wear “explosive belts” and hold toy guns and RPGs in procession celebrating Fatah’s 51st aniversary  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 8, 2016
((Pictures from Ma’an, independent Palestinian news agency, Jan. 7, 2016)

      “The Fatah movement in Bethlehem marked the 51st anniversary of the Launch (Intilaqa) with a huge ceremony in the Deheisheh refugee camp yesterday [Jan. 7, 2015]. Thousands set out from three [different] places in processions that passed through a number of streets in the district...  At the head of the procession, which began at the President [Yasser Arafat]’s Airstrip at the top of the Zaher Hill in the Deheisheh refugee camp, stood masked men, and behind them walked children who wore black shirts with pictures of the deceased president Yasser Arafat and Martyr (Shahid) Jihad Al-Ja'afari, called ‘Gaddafi’, under the name ‘death squads.’ Likewise, children were seen carrying models of RPGs (i.e., rocket projected grenades) and explosive belts, and they all walked through the alleys of the refugee camp in the procession, during which the sound of songs of the national revolution were heard.”
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Photos of Palestinian children wearing “explosive belts” and holding toy guns and RPGs in procession celebrating Fatah’s 51st aniversary  
Source: Ma’an, independent Palestinian news agency, Jan. 7, 2016
Fatah celebrated the 51st anniversary of its first terror attack against Israel in a processsion in Bethlehem on Jan. 7, 2016. The independent Palestinian news agency Ma’an publicized several photos from the event. They show boys and young men marching with Fatah flags, some are wearing toy suicide belts, others hold toy guns, RPGs, machine guns and rifles, and one is even seen with an axe in his hand.
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Rock-throwing dolls for Palestinian children confiscated by Israeli Customs 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 9, 2015

Caption: "The confiscated doll"

Headline
: "Israeli war against children's dolls - Israel confiscated 4,000 dolls whose faces were covered with a Palestinian keffiyeh!"
      "Yesterday, the Israeli Customs Authority at the Haifa Port [Dec. 8, 2015] confiscated 4,000 dolls whose faces were covered with a Palestinian keffiyeh.
The Customs Authority stated that it confiscated a container of 4,000 dolls from the [United Arab] Emirates at Haifa Port because they 'incite against Israel.' The notice stated that 'these dolls are in the colors of the Palestinian flag, and have the phrases "Jerusalem is ours" and "O Jerusalem, here we come" on them.' Likewise, it added that the dolls were in a container about which it said that it contained 'clothing, prayer rugs, and plastic products,' but [the notice] did not disclose when it was confiscated. In addition, it stated that 'the Customs Authority will continue its daily work of preventing the smuggling of weapons into Israel, and the entry of inciting materials, especially these days.'"
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Note the rock in the doll's hand -Ed.
PA Hebron Administration of Education organizes mourning vigil for terrorist stabber who was “executed” by Israel 
Source: Al-Ayyam, Dec. 7, 2015
Headline: "Hebron Administration of Education organized a mourning vigil for the student Martyr Fanoun"
      "The Hebron Administration of Education organized a mourning vigil for the soul of Martyr (Shahid) Mustafa Fanoun (i.e., terrorist stabber), who was a student at the Huda Abd Al-Nabi Elementary School for Boys...The Hebron Administration of Education stated yesterday [Dec. 7, 2015] that [the head of the administration, Bassam Madhat] Tahbub spoke during the vigil, conveying the condolences of [PA] Minister of Education Sabri Saidam to the Fanoun family, the school family, and the relatives of the Martyr, and emphasized the depth of the educational message being transmitted by the students and educational staff in the shadow of the difficult conditions being experienced by the Palestinian people...It should be noted that the boy, Martyr Mustafa Fanoun, 15, was executed together with his cousin Tahr Fanoun, 19, in the Tel Rumeida neighborhood [of Hebron], near the checkpoint at the entrance to Al-Shahuda St. in the city, last Thursday evening [Dec. 4, 2015]."

Mustafa Fanoun –15-year-old Palestinian terrorist who, together with his 17-year-old  cousin, Tahr Fanoun, stabbed and injured an Israeli soldier in the Tel Rumeida neighborhood of Hebron on Dec. 4, 2015. Mustafa and Tahr Fanoun were shot and killed by Israeli soldiers.
Palestinian Facebook post poses child with knife, encourages Palestinian children to stab Jews 
Source: Facebook, Nov. 20, 2015

Posted on the Facebook page of Moutasem Shawabkeh on Nov. 20, 2015
Text under photo:
"His mother put a keffiyeh on him
He went to get a knife
And said to me: 'In order to stab'
Zionists, woe to you from the freedom generation"
#Stab, #So_what, #Hebron, #Our_land
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The term "so what" is a reference to a hashtag appearing on Palestinian social media as a slogan used to encourage Palestinians to continue rioting, throwing rocks and using violence against Israelis. "#so_what" is a Palestinian response that makes light of Israel's alleged crimes, showing that Palestinians don't care. It also implies that no matter what Israel does, the Palestinians will continue not to care, and they will continue to riot, throw rocks, carry out stabbing attacks etc. The words refer to a video that went viral, showing an elderly Palestinian man arguing with Israeli soldiers. A soldier points to rioting Palestinians, saying: "They're throwing rocks at us." The old man replies: "So what, let them throw rocks."

Stabbing for kids: Palestinian girl gives demo 
Source: Facebook page of the Jerusalem Intifada's Young People Coalition, Nov. 12, 2015

Facebook page of the 'Jerusalem Intifada's Young People's Coalition'

Posted text:
"#Watch_and_you_won't_regret"
A girl from Khan Yunis, in the south of the Gaza Strip, supports the stabbing operations (i.e., terror attacks) by the young people of Hebron.
#so_what?"

Video transcript:
"Israeli":
"[Palestinian] youth are throwing stones at us [Israelis]"
Girl: "So what!"
"Israeli": ""[Palestinian] youth are running after us [Israelis] with knives"
Girl: "So what!"
"Israeli": "Muhannad Halabi stabbed us" (i.e., terrorist who stabbed two Israeli civilians to death)
Girl: "So what!"
"Israeli": "Fadi Alloun stabbed us" (i.e., terrorist who stabbed an Israeli civilian)
Girl: "So what!"
"Israeli": "What do you tell [Palestinian] youth in the West Bank?"
Girl: "Stab! Stab! Stab! Stab! Stab!"
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Fatah Facebook claims child terrorists who stabbed an Israeli were "accused of carrying out a stabbing operation (i.e., attack)," adds "#so_what" 
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, Nov. 10, 2015

Image and text posted on the official Facebook page of the Fatah Movement
Posted text: “A photo of one of the boys accused of carrying out a stabbing operation (i.e., attack) in Jerusalem . #so_what”
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Stabbing attack on light rail train in Pisgat Ze’ev - Two Palestinian terrorists, Muawiyah and Ali Alqam, aged 12 and 13, stabbed and wounded an Israeli security guard on Jerusalem’s light rail train in the Pisgat Ze’ev neighborhood, on Nov. 10, 2015. Israeli police shot and wounded the 12-year-old stabber and the second one was held by train passengers until security forces arrived.

"#so_what" is a new hashtag appearing on Palestinian social media as a slogan which is being used to encourage Palestinians to continue rioting, throwing rocks and using violence against Israelis. The words refer to a video that went viral, showing an elderly Palestinian man arguing with Israeli soldiers. A soldier points to rioting Palestinians, saying: "They're throwing rocks at us." The old man replies: "So what, let them throw rocks."


Fatah official proud his infant son says Martyrs have a wedding and wants a rifle "to defeat the Zionists" 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Oct. 27, 2015

Fatah Central Committee member Tawfiq Tirawi: “The Palestinian by nature and ‎education feels a sense of belonging to the land and the homeland. Listen, my son is ‎two years and ten months old. Yesterday, he sang to his mother: ‘Escort the Martyr to ‎his wedding.’ He doesn’t know the meaning of this song (i.e., the Islamic belief that ‎Martyrs marry 72 Virgins in Paradise). Today his mother told me that he sang: ‘Daddy, ‎buy me a machine gun and a rifle, so that I will defeat Israel and the Zionists.’ A boy who ‎is not yet three! A Palestinian grows up with a feeling of belonging to the land, the ‎homeland, and the people.‎"
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UNRWA school in Gaza encourages death through Martyrdom: "Our blood and souls are for you, Al-Aqsa Mosque" 
Source: UNWRA Elementary School A for Refugees – Gaza Facebook page, Oct. 20, 2015
Text and images posted on "Elementary School A for Refugees – Gaza" Facebook page on Oct. 20, 2015, accessed March 7, 2016. The first image shows that the UNRWA logo is the profile picture of the page (on March 7, 2016). The page later removed the UNWRA logo and closed or blocked the page.


On Oct. 20, 2015 (a few weeks after the outbreak of the current wave of Palestinian terror attacks against Israelis that began on Sept. 13, 2015 - with a stoning attack in which Israeli civilian Alexander Levlovich was killed), the UNRWA Elementary School A for Refugees posted pictures of an activity for Jerusalem that took place in the school: The pictures have since then been removed from Facebook.

Text on sign on right: “We will live as soaring hawks and we will die as proud lions. We are all Jerusalem and we are all Palestine.”

Text on sign on left: “How will there be light if our blood will not be the fuel? And how will we restore the Al-Aqsa Mosque, if we will not be soldiers?”
Text on girls’ sign: “At your command, Al-Aqsa Mosque! Our blood and souls are for you, Al-Aqsa Mosque.”
 
Palestinian scouts organize activity “saluting” Martyrs and cheer terrorist who killed 3 civilians 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 18, 2015
      “The bureau of Palestinian scouts participated in a solidarity watch organized by Fatah in Lebanon… in order to support our people in occupied Palestine, and to defend the Al-Aqsa [Mosque] and Jerusalem, the capital of the independent Palestinian country. The plaza was filled with no space left by a crowd from all the Palestinian and Lebanese factions and organizations… The Ain Al-Hilwe troop of the bureau of scouts organized an activity ‘saluting the souls of the Martyr scout leaders.’ Scouts from every period gathered… and cheered in honor of the blood of the Martyr from the scouts, Baha Alyan, who fell in a heroic operation (i.e., terror attack) in occupied Jerusalem. The secretary of the scout movement in the Ain Al-Hilwe troop, and member of the troop’s leadership, Aael Abdallah stated: ‘The blood of the Martyr leader Baha Alyan is a curse on the Israeli occupation of our holy land, and it will continue to chase them until they leave our land forever.’”

Jerusalem line 78 bus terror attack - On Oct. 13, 2015, two Palestinian terrorists, Baha Alyan (22) and Bilal Ghanem (23) boarded Israeli bus no. 78 in Jerusalem's Armon Hanatziv neighborhood with a gun and a knife and attacked passengers, killing Israelis Haviv Haim (78) and Alon Govberg (51), and wounding 4 Israelis. Alyan was shot and killed by an Israeli security guard at the scene and Ghanem, a Hamas terrorist who served time in Israeli prison in 2013-2014, was wounded. Two weeks after the attack on Oct. 27, a 3rd victim in the attack, Richard Lakin (76), died from his wounds.
PA daily cartoon encourages children to throw rocks at Israelis 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 18, 2015

Cartoon showing children happily engaged in throwing rocks with slingshots. On the separation wall behind them is written: "We will return again" and "Palestine."
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PA promotes rock throwing among Palestinian girls  
Source: Al-Ayyam, Oct. 14, 2015


Headline
: “A Martyr from the Dheisheh refugee camp and dozens injured during incessant confrontations in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip”
Image on a front page article, shows a girl taking part in rock throwing.
Text below image: “A photo from the confrontations in Bethlehem”
Photo by Agence France-Presse news agency.
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Pictures of Israeli soldiers on the Al-Aqsa Mosque plaza in PLO children’s’ magazine encourage children to go "liberate" it  
Source: Zayzafuna magazine, Oct. 1, 2015

Item in Zayzafuna, a PLO magazine for children and youth funded by the PA
Image shows photos of soldiers and police on the Al-Aqsa plaza.
Text in the image: “Who will liberate our holy sites in Palestine?”

Zayzafuna is a PLO magazine for children partially funded by the PA. The magazine, which includes material written by both the magazine’s staff and child readers, represents the values of the educators and serves as a window into the minds of the Palestinian children submitting material to the magazine. Zayzafuna's website states that the magazine's advisory board is comprised of PA officials and educators, including Jihad Zakarneh, PA Deputy Minister of Education, and Abd Al-Hakim Abu Jamous, Head of the Media Department at the PA Ministry of Education. In May 2011, the Deputy Chairman of the Zayzafuna organization Abd Al-Karim Ziyada explained on PA TV that the PA gives "a monthly payment of 10,000 shekels ($2,700) to cover the magazine's [costs]." [Official PA TV, May 9 and 13, 2011]
PA daily cartoon promotes rock throwing 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Sept. 16, 2015

Cartoon encourages rock throwing. It shows a mother and a father carrying Jerusalem on their backs, represented with the Dome of the Rock and a Christian church. Their child swings a slingshot with a rock in it. The cartoon is entitled “packhorse,” implying that the Palestinians are carrying the heavy responsibility of Jerusalem on their shoulders.
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Fatah spokesman: "Go to the areas of conflict in order to `explode` in front of the occupier and its assistants", calls on all schools in Jerusalem to “go out to the streets” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Sept. 14, 2015
     "Official Fatah Spokesman in Jerusalem Raafat Alayan called on 'all Palestinian bodies and national and Islamic factions in all regions of the homeland to enlist and go to the areas of conflict in order to 'explode' in front of the occupier and its assistants because of its repeated actions and attacks against the Al-Aqsa [Mosque].' Likewise, he noted that the Fatah movement called on all the schools in Jerusalem, including the Husni Al-Ashhab School, to go out to the streets in order to express their support of the destination of the Prophet Muhammad's Night Journey (i.e., tradition that he flew to Al-Aqsa Mosque), and their opposition to its desecration by the settlers..."
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PA: Abbas endorses rock throwing, praises 12 year-old rock thrower 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Sept. 3, 2015
   
Caption: “The president during his meeting with the Al-Tamimi family from Nabi Saleh.”

“President Mahmoud Abbas received yesterday [Sept. 3, 2015] at the presidential headquarters in Ramallah, the family of Martyr Muhammad Al-Atrash, who was killed by the Israeli occupation forces at the Tapuach junction, south of Nablus, and the family of youth Muhammad Al-Tamimi, whom the Israeli occupation forces attacked and tried to arrest in the village of Nabi Saleh, west of Ramallah. The president offered his condolences to the Martyr’s (Shahid) family and stressed that these recurring crimes against the Palestinian people will not go unpunished…
During the reception for the family of the child Muhammad Al-Tamimi, the president praised the courage of the Al-Tamimi family and the way it faces the tyranny of the occupation and the attacks of its soldiers. In addition, he stressed that this proves the extent of the devotion of the Palestinian people to its land.
The president stressed that peaceful popular resistance (reference to rock throwing –Ed.) against the occupier is a powerful weapon in the hands of the Palestinian people, which exposes the falsity of the occupation, and shows to the whole world its barbarity, and the right of our people to self-definition, and to the establishment of an independent state like the rest of the peoples of the world.”
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